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The Lambton Worm

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Cosy 4-star inn in historic market town Chester-le-Street
  • Good base for touring the Northeast -- close to Durham, Newcastle & Beamish
  • Serves a full range of craft beers from the Sonnet 43 microbrewery
  • Holds an AA Dinner Award for its popular restaurant


"A real little gem", says The AA Hotel Guide, The Lambton Worm is a cosy 4-star inn on the outskirts of Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

Halfway between Durham and Gateshead, Chester-le-Street is a historic market town that dates back to Roman times and is believed to be where the Gospels were first translated into Anglo Saxon English. Its modern-day claim to fame is the Riverside cricket ground, the home of Durham County Cricket Club and a test match venue. Beamish open-air museum is a 10-minute drive away and offers a glimpse into the area's industrial past, with reconstructed villages and coal mine among its attractions. The Angel of the North sculpture is also 10 minutes away.

The inn, owned by the Sonnet 43 microbrewery, holds an AA Dinner award, and is a popular dining venue among locals and guests. The restaurant serves up locally sourced sausages, steaks and sharing platters, and there are suggested ale pairings for each dish. It is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday and tends to book up in advance. There's also classic pub fare, such as pies, burgers and sandwiches on offer in the wood-panelled bar, where you can also sample the brewery's six core ales and a host of guest beers.

There are 14 boutique bedrooms, each named after a different variety of hops in a nod to the owner's brewing heritage. They are exuberantly furnished with Rococo-style furniture and have king-size beds and Bluetooth speaker docks. Family rooms are also equipped with sofa beds for children. On live music nights, some rooms can be noisy but it doesn't last for long -- last-orders is at 11pm.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No rollaway/extra beds available

Pets: Pets not allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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